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The Robert Abady Dog Food Co., LLC is recalling select boxes of Abady Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats.  The recall is due the risk of salmonella.  The products are described in the FDA recall statement.  “The product comes in a 2 lb, 5 lb & 15 lb, corrugated boxes with plastic liners marked with lot # 14029/21 stamped on the right side top of the box.”

There have not been any illnesses reported so far.  The official FDA statement can be found here.

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Over the past month or so PetsitUSA has undergone some reworking.  You may not notice the differences, but the coding will make the site more secure and increase search engine rankings.  If you are looking to join, then you can get a discount by submitting blog posts about pet sitting.  These posts will also help increase the city rankings.

There have been some great contributions over the past few months.  This offer was made in the fall, and it resulted in some excellent posts.  It would be great to have some new voices!

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South Jersey’s First Pet Symposium – “Integrative Care & Responsible Pet Parenting”                                                     

SOUTH JERSEY'S FIRST PET SYMPOSIUMSaturday, April 5th, 2014, 12:00 – 5:00 at the Palmyra Community Center, 30 W. Broad Street, Palmyra, NJ 08065      Directions

JUST 1 WEEK AWAY… HAVE YOU PURCHASED YOUR TICKETS YET???

What an incredible day of community outreach for pet parents, pet sitters, fosters, rescues, shelters, and anyone working with and/or loving animals.  Anyone affiliated with a rescue, shelter, or animal welfare/advocacy group does not pay for admission; first responders also attend for free… registration is still required via FB message or an email to: ivegotthescoop@yahoo.com

IS YOUR PET SUFFERING IN PAIN UNNECESSARILY???

Do you have the knowledge and skills to intervene if your pet was unconscious or choking, know how to locate their pulse before administering CPR? YOUR actions could be the difference between life and death, until veterinary care is received.

Attend the symposium and EMPOWER yourself with knowledge and the skills to save your beloved pet’s life in an emergency… learn how to read pet food labels, recognize contributors and consequences of obesity, the benefits of feeding a raw diet, and understand the myths of pet nutrition.

Gain the ability to make informed, better decisions regarding your pet’s care, by learning about natural treatment options and noninvasive modalities such as acupuncture, cold laser, physical therapy, and massage, to improve the quality of your pet’s life!

Learn about Veterinary Specialty Medicine, Therapeutic Benefits of Canine Massage, How to Build/Maintain Healthy Relationships with your Dog, and have your questions answered by a behavioral consultant. Receive advice from a professional pet sitter as to the importance of using a professional as opposed to the kid next door, and receive information to assist you in choosing the best pet sitter for your furry companion. An attorney will explain Pet Trusts and Providing for your Beloved Pet when you Pass.

Join us for a day of Interactive Lectures and Demonstrations by Expert Veterinarians and Esteemed Pet Professionals, facilitating an informative day of community outreach and education for pet parents, pet sitters, fosters, rescues, shelters, and anyone working with and/or loving animals.

Meet Drs. Lisa Aumiller, Dana Koch, Russell Howe-Smith, Daniel Stobie, DVMMartha Cline, DVM; Timothy Rice, Esquire; Karen Fazio; Lisa Madison, SAMP; and, myself, Lori Genstein : )

Your symposium experience shall begin receiving the Warmest Welcome by the “Furry Angels” a local chapter of Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs; they come in all shapes, sizes, and breeds.

Everyone shall enjoy live, hands-on demonstrations and lectures, in small groups, and have an opportunity to speak with some of the most respected veterinarians in NJ!!

Please see Symposium Details for complete details, interactive links to read about each expert veterinarian and pet professional speaking, get directions. and purchase tickets… or the Facebook Event Page

In addition to the lectures by expert veterinarians, also providing demonstrations and speaking to attendees around the Community Center will be:

Louis Whalin, Vet Tech – HousePaws Mobile Veterinary Service: Routine Grooming your Pets Need. Learn about the importance of brushing teeth, clipping nails, and have all of your grooming questions answered.

Burlington CART (County Animal Response Team) – Disaster Preparedness and MicroChipping

Debra Bjorling, Hamiilton Pet Meadow, discussing Pet Loss and Providing Grief Counseling to anyone wishing to discuss the loss of their beloved pet.

Food and drinks shall be provided, attendees will receive a complimentary giveaway bag with a variety of products, there will be great surprise giveaways, and much more!

100% of the money raised shall be donated to the 501 (c) 3, Non-Profit, NO-KILL Animal Charities below… to help them continue making miracles happen!!!

Animal Adoption Center
All They Need Is Love Animal Rescue
Lynn’s Animal Rescue
Randalls Rescue
Paw It 4ward Foundation Rescue

Exhibitors will be:

Pet Valu Cinnaminson – Meet Kathy, store manager… she is excited to hear all about your pet’s needs and how she may help you in the Cinnaminson Pet Valu Store!

Villa La PAWS Maple Shade

GGC Healthy Paws, LLC – Roxy’s Favorite Biscuits

Korman Residential – Willow Shores Palmyra, NJ

An assortment of lovely items are being donated… so be sure to get your tickets on line!!!

Parking is free, the Community Center is accessible and just 1 block from the Palmyra RiverLINE Train Station.

Thank you to our extremely generous, main sponsor, HousePaws Mobile Veterinary Service for making this informative community outreach day dedicated to animal lovers possible!!!

The list of wonderful sponsors and contributors is growing!!!! Additional huge thanks to our talented event photographer, Valerie Bruder Photography, who will be donating her time and excellence to photograph the event; Networks Plus for their ongoing technical assistance; Cinnaminson Pet Valu, for their incredible sponsorship and giveaway products; VERY GENEROUS sponsors, ALL DOGS POOP Dog Waste Removal Service, and GGC Healthy Paws LLC; Chesterfield Veterinary Clinic; Kaplan, Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporters, and Access Printing, Inc., for their quality printing and outstanding customer service!!!

If you have any questions, please call me @ (856) 906-7111, and I’ll happy to assist you!

Looking forward to seeing everyone there for this PAWSOME event!

Lori

Limited Seating is available – Advanced Ticket Purchase is Necessary     Those attending at no cost must still register, please via email to ivegotthescoop@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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An article from Petplan:

Pet insurance is designed to safeguard you against a major financial loss if your pet ever has an accident or becomes ill. It’s a sound investment for your furry family, but it is important to fully understand the product before you buy.

To get the best value from a pet insurance policy, pick a comprehensive plan that includes both accident and illness coverage. The point of pet insurance is to protect you against the unexpected; having to guess whether your pet is more likely to suffer an accident or an illness is a recipe for disaster.

Make sure all hereditary diseases are covered as standard in the policy; you should not have to purchase additional coverage for things like hip dysplasia or congenital heart disease. If there are options for add-ons and riders, buyer beware. While picking coverage a la carte can sometimes mean a nominally lower premium, the risk that you could be left vulnerable to big bills just isn’t worth it.

Avoid insurance providers who reimburse based on a benefit schedule; you could find yourself maxing out per-illness and per-incident caps pretty quickly – especially if your pet’s condition becomes chronic. These caps also do not take into account the complications that can (and often do) arise during treatment, and they don’t take into consideration the many complementary therapies that can be used in tandem with traditional modalities to treat a pet’s condition holistically (like acupuncture or hydrotherapy). Pick a provider that offers flat-rate reimbursement of your actual vet fees, and you’ll be free to follow whatever treatment plan your vet recommends without worrying about cost.

One of the biggest issues pet parents need to understand when buying insurance is pre-existing conditions. Though they feel like part of the family, pets are legally considered property, and pet health insurance is really property and casualty insurance. This means that much like your homeowner’s or car insurance can’t pay for losses that happened before you took out a policy, pet insurance – no matter who your provider – cannot pay claims related to illnesses or injuries that occurred before you bought the policy (or during the policy waiting periods).

Pets with pre-existing conditions are still insurable, it simply means that the insurance cannot pay claims related to those conditions. So if you have a dog who already suffers from allergies when you sign up, your insurance cannot reimburse you for allergy treatments. But when he needs emergency surgery after snacking on socks, or tears his CCL chasing the neighbor’s cat, or develops cancer – that’s when your policy will pay.

When it comes to pre-existing conditions, a good insurance provider will make a distinction between curable and incurable conditions when making exclusions. A chronic pre-existing condition like diabetes cannot be covered, but things like respiratory infections, urinary tract infections or vomiting can usually be covered after an exclusionary period. In other words, provided your pet’s medical history shows no further incidences after the initial episode, coverage for the condition may be restored after a period of time with no relapse.

If you’ve been back and forth to the vet with your pet in the past, find out which conditions are considered curable by a particular company, and when in doubt, request an underwriting review. Be sure to read and understand the Terms and Conditions of any policy you are considering purchasing. This document clearly lays out what is and is not covered, explains any waiting or exclusionary periods, and defines your responsibilities as a pet parent to keep the policy in good standing.

Finally, consider each prospective pet insurance company as a whole. Does the provider earn high marks on independent review sites like PetInsuranceReview.com? Do they go beyond just collecting premiums and actually give you practical information for keeping your pet healthy? Visit a provider’s website, Facebook page, twitter feed, Pinterest account and anything else you can find to get a sense of the company culture. Chances are if they are a company of pet people, and they share useful pet health information to help you take the best care of your pet, they’re going to be a good partner in your pet’s health when you need them most.

When purchasing pet insurance, seek out a provider that offers comprehensive standard plans, flat-rate reimbursement and whose reputation inspires confidence in their customer service, and you’ll be well on your way to keeping your pet happy and healthy for life.

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Pro-Pet LLC has recalled a limited number of dog and cat food products.  The recall is due to the possibility of salmonella contamination.  The recall only includes products that were made during a two day period.  The list of products is below.  You can find the original FDA report here.

Product Best By Lot Code UPC Number
40 lb Hubbard Life Happy Hound Dog Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 2A 1219033878
40 lb Hubbard Life Happy Hound Dog Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 1219033878
18 lb Hubbard Life Cat Stars Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 1219033873
40 lb Hubbard Life Maintenance Dog Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 2A 1219033875
15 lb Joy Combo Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 7065407721
40 lb Joy Combo Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A 7065407713
40 lb Joy Combo Cat Food 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 2A 7065407713
20 lb QC Plus Adult Dog Food 05 07 14 097 13 SM L2 2A 2351780103
40 lb QC Plus Adult Dog Food 05 07 14 097 13 SM L2 2A 2351780104
40 lb QC Plus Adult Dog Food 05 07 14 097 13 SM L2 1A 2351780104

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Walking Kia around the neighborhood track was always a joy. We followed the same course each day and she was a happy chow mix – until the day she stopped mid walk and began whining and crying, She held her paws up and would not continue walking. At first glance, I saw no cuts or injury. But after removing my gloves and inspecting closer, I noticed ice had formed on the hair between her toes and was causing her pain. I rubbed her feet until they thawed and we headed back home.snow-dog

This winter much of the country has been experiencing record cold temperatures and snowfall. Many areas have seen temperatures drop to below zero with windchills at -25 to -40 degrees. This cold temperature is a danger to dogs and dog walkers.

Protecting a dog’s paws is essential in these conditions.

We all know that street salt can burn a dog’s pads and cause extreme pain. While pet-safe salt might be used on the driveway at a pet’s home, it can be hard to avoid on the street. When returning from a walk, sitters should thoroughly wash and dry a dog’s feet to remove the salt – protecting the paws and preventing the pet from licking and ingesting the salt.

A good solution to protect dog’s feet is to coat them with a paw wax in advance. The wax – similar to a petroleum jelly is a natural solution to keep dog paws soft and free of pain. There are several brands known as musher’s wax – invented for sled dogs in Canada.

Friends and customer’s introduced to the wax this year, report great success.

One customer reported having a problem this year because her dog Ellie was extremely sensitive to rock salt. Ellie was in pain on walks and didn’t want to go out.

“The Musher’s salve is fantastic!”  she reports. “Works wonders. Is made of all natural wax. No need to wash it off; just wipe with a soft cloth. Ellie went nuts, ran like crazy and pooped a ton.”dog(1)

Another customer, with a chihuahua found her pet did not want to go out this winter, until she started applying wax to her feet.

“It seems to help Poppins a lot. If I forget to put it on her, she starts to limp right away. If it is on, she leaps around and wants to stay out longer!” she said.

Dogs with longer hair between their toes, like Kia, should be groomed so the hair is clipped short to prevent ice build-up in this sensitive area.

The hair on feet should be kept even with the pads. Avoid cutting it too short or the fur won’t offer protection from the snow. To avoid trimming out too much hair, keep your scissors even with your dog’s pads and cut the hair that sticks out.

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App for Pet First Aid Advice

by Lori Genstein, I've Got the 'Scoop'!, LLC on January 31, 2014

in Cats, Dogs, Pet Health, Pet Sitting, Pets, Random Thoughts, The Pet Care Biz

Collaboration Between American Red Cross and University of Pennsylvania

Photo Credit: Ryan Hospital’s Dr. Deborah Mandell

Hello, everyone!

I downloaded and navigated through this app, which is available for Apple and Android devices… It’s a MUST-HAVE  for all pet owners, and the cost is only $.99.

PET FIRST AID BLOGWhat I found and love about this app… and why I recommend it:

  • Information for dogs and cats are separated into two sections
  • Both have an alphabetized table of contents to quickly and easily find information needed
  • Each topic contains subsections, details, and easy-to-follow instructions
  • Video demonstrations

Other functions:

  • Variety of categories such as Toxic Substances, Traveling with Pets, Giving Medication, Pet-friendly Hotels, Emergencies, etc.
  • You can add your pets’ information to have readily on-hand
  • Vet locator to find the closest emergency hospital, but also lists options for different vets in the area
  • Quizzes to test your knowledge and keep you informed
  • Assistance with Lost Pets
  • Many more helpful resources!!!!!

 

PLEASE NOTE:  The purpose of my posting information about this app is NOT a substitute for medical attention when your pet needs care or has an illness and/or emergency requiring treatment by a veterinarian!!! 

Empowering pet parents with the tools to seek out information and knowledge to immediately intervene may save your pet’s life on the way to receiving emergency treatment.  

Link to the app:

http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/pet-first-aid-app

Helping to keep beloved furry babies healthy and safe… and pet parents informed!

Lori

http://www.IveGotTheScoop.net

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PMI Nutrition, LLC has recalled the 20 lb. bags of Red Flannel Cat Formula cat food.  The recall is due to a possible salmonella contamination.There haven’t been any reported illnesses and there are no other Red Flannel products included in the recall.

From the official recall aleart: Red Flannel

“Red Flannel® Cat Food was manufactured by a third-party manufacturer for PMI. The product was sold through dealers to customers distributed in the following states: Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

The lot number is printed on the lower back side of the bag in a white box on the right-hand side. The lot number will be preceded by a time stamp that will be unique to each bag. (Example 14:32) The lot number and best-by date impacted by this recall are as follows:

Best by 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A (lot number)

The UPC code for the recalled product is: 7 42869 00058 5.”

You can find the official FDA recall here.

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